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January 2020

"Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow"

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Dear Parent/Guardian of Prairie View Students

Happy New Year….well, not quite yet, but it is coming! It always seems strange to be starting another calendar year when we are about halfway through a school year. We only had fifteen student attendance days in December, but they were sure jam-packed with activities. Some students, clad in their PJ’s, boarded the Polar Express while others created magnificent gingerbread houses out of all kinds of goodies. Students in all grade levels were learning new songs as they prepared for the school sing-a-long. Of course, there were reading, writing, and math lessons every day, too. There were other….works in progress…taking place in all classrooms, but those activities are currently “classified”. Students at the other end of the building were boarding the Polar Express! Mrs. Mitilieri, along with her band of many merry helpers, hosted her first Book Fair along with a successful Family Night. Our school was transformed into a magical ice kingdom and we had a great turnout. Prairie View students had the opportunity to visit JC Fitness Yorkville Sports Dome and participate in a variety of movement activities. From the reviews, it sounds like everyone had a fun experience. Thank you so much for your generosity with the Franklin Mall Project. I am confident that many families in our community will be very appreciative. Santa was able to take a little time off and join our sing-a-long on the last school day before Winter Break. Students performed traditional holiday music for him and he, in turn, treated each boy and girl to a candy cane. As we end another year, one of our Prairie View family members is ending her career. After nineteen years with Sandwich CUSD #430, Mrs. Steinhardt will be retiring at the end of 2019. We will miss not seeing her on a daily basis, but are wishing her all good things in her retirement!

So…what’s in store for January? Well…….we are back in session (with students) on Monday, January 6th. One week later, we will have the great reveal for this year’s One School One Book selection. All students in grades kindergarten through fifth will be reading the same book. Family Night will be at Herman E. Dummer on Thursday, January 30th….more details to follow so stay-tuned! I guarantee that it will be “scentsational”! The St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon will begin on January 14th. If you are new to this project, it is a good way to sharpen math skills while raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Winter benchmarking will begin in mid-January. This is the second of three benchmarking periods when each student is screened to check progress in math and reading. School will not be in session on January 20th in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Sounds like 2020 is going to follow 2019 as a busy year!

Get that new calendar out because ready or not, 2020 is peaking around the corner! We return to a full day of school on January 6th. Happy January and Happy New Year!!

Sherrie Stricklin


District News

Foundation for Educational Excellence

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Sandwich #430 Prepares to Rollout New Method of Communication to Families

Parents & Guardians,

Sandwich CUSD #430 is preparing to rollout SMS or text messaging notification for reminders, emergency and other notifications. Prior to using this method of communication, the district will be sending an email to parents containing instructions for sending an Opt-In text message to a Group code.

The Opt-In must be done from the mobile device that is to receive these messages in order to begin receiving them. Also, the number for this mobile device must be included in your child’s parent profile in the Tyler Parent portal. Please contact your child’s attendance center for updating this information.

Sandwich CUSD #430

Online Payment of fees

Sandwich School District offers on-line payment of fees thru the Tyler Parent Portal. We encourage you to take advantage of this convenience. You can click on the Tyler Parent Portal on the district website to access your child's account and pay any outstanding fees.


Wellness Night at the Middle School

Mark your calendars! Sandwich CUSD #430 will be having its first Wellness Night on Thursday, February 20 at the Sandwich Middle School from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Many wellness-related vendors are expected and we are excited to share this information with our community. All are welcome. More information will be coming home at a later date.

Franklin Mall Project

Sandwich Middle School students helped collect the boxes of donations for the Franklin Mall project at Prairie View. The students and staff filled three large boxes with non-perishable food, canned goods, paper products, etc. for the needy families in the Sandwich area. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and continued support of this community project.

St. Jude Math-a-thon Kick off!

We will be kicking off our St. Jude's Math-a-thon fundraiser on January 14th. More information will be sent home at a later date. This worthwhile program encourages students to practice their math skills while raising money for children with life threatening diseases. All proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

PPA News

We'll be starting another Box Tops competition after winter break

keep clipping those Box Tops!

Our next PPA Meeting will be January 8th at 1:30.

If you were unable to make it, to our last meeting

please feel free to contact us via our email or Facebook page with

any questions or ideas.


PPA Facebook:

Thank You,

Prairieview PPA

News from the School Nurse

January Health Tips:

  • Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)

    • Cough

    • Sore throat

    • Runny or stuffy nose

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headaches

    • Fatigue (tiredness)

    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

  • Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can last as late as May. Visit or check out this Parent's Guide for more information.

  • The 3 Cs - Follow basic health hygiene practices to limit the spread of illness:

  1. Clean - wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs

  2. Cover - your cough or sneeze with your elbow or sleeve

  3. Contain - students should stay home if they're sick

  • Students should be kept home if they have a fever greater than 100 degrees. Students should stay home for at least 24-hours after they no longer have a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

  • We also ask that when you call your student in absent, please indicate if their symptoms include a fever greater than 100 degrees, cough, or sore throat.

Winter Weather

The cold winter weather has arrived and please keep in mind that your child is dressed properly to go outside for recess. The district policy is that we go out for recess whenever the temperature is 10 degrees or higher (including wind-chill). Hats, mittens, boots, snow pants and a warm coat are all needed for the colder weather. Students need boots and snow pants to play in the snowy areas.



December was a flurry of fun! Kindergarten read If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, Bear Snores On, The Wild Reindeer, and The Polar Express. We then did lots of exciting math and language activities based on these popular holiday books. Some examples are “magic” painting, creative writing, and word families. We also had a whole week of gingerbread themed activities. We were excited to have two fifth grade classes come over from Dummer to help us write letters to Santa, play some holiday games, and share a snack with us!

1st Grade

First grade has twisted some learning into holiday themed fun. The kids have been solving riddles with gingerbread people and numbers on a 120 chart. They've been comparing and contrasting gingerbread "people" books, and will even have a Grinch day before break! The kids have learned to play reindeer races and mancala. It's been "snow" much fun.

2nd Grade

The 2nd Grade Classes participated in the Gumdrop Christmas Tree Challenge. During this STEM activity they constructed the tallest possible Christmas Tree using just toothpicks and gumdrops. Students then shared their creations and the steps to creating them with the rest of the class.

3rd Grade

The third grade students have been busy mastering their multiplication skills by using ordinary decks of playing cards to play Multiplication War (with Queens worth 11, Kings worth 12, Ace worth 1, and discarding the Jokers and Jacks.) Mrs. Baker's class waged multiplication war against Mr. Steimel's class in head-to-head math facts competition. They will challenge Mrs. Stahl's class in January! Over Christmas break, students should practice their cards to pick up additional speed over the holidays.

The third graders traveled to J.C. Fitness in Yorkville, recently, for P.E teacher Mrs. Martin's field trip workout. The students ran the obstacle course, played soccer on the astro-turf, and ran relay races against the other classes.

Each class made their gingerbread houses last week. Every student brought a can of white frosting, and filled their plate at the buffet tables with candy toppings, then built their Gummy Bear Mansions.


The STARS 123 class went on a field trip to Arts on Fire and had a blast making Christmas ornaments! We have had a lot of fun working on our winter theme this month!


K-3rd grade students enjoyed creating holiday projects to adorn Prairie View's hall. K Students made paper bag Rudolph puppets and completed a letter/sound and sight word page. Second graders wrote a Santa poem, complete with Santa going down the chimney. Using glitter and cotton was their favorite part. Third graders wrote their Christmas wishes for the world, Prairie View, their families, and themselves on BIG candy canes. They wish for world peace, IPADS for every student at PV, and to spend fun times with their families. All of the students worked together to write what "Winter is......" to them on holly leaves to form a beautiful wreath. Stop by Prairie View to see all of their awesome work. Happy Holidays!


PV students took a field trip to visit JC Fitness at the Dome in Yorkville. Students were able to experience the dome and were able to participate in many fitness activities and were able to explore different equipment. Students spent a majority of their time having fun and enjoying physical activity!

The Parent Institute

Important Dates for January

Prairie View Activity Calendar

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